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the walls off buildings at the university of aleppo and set cars on fire. government and opposition forces have competing narratives of what happened. the state-run news agency blamed opposition fighters. it said what it called terrorists fired rockets, killing students and people taking shelter in the dormitories. and opposition activists said government forces were responsible. the activists quoted a student as saying that students were taking exams when planes attacked. opposition fighters have renewed their offensive in the area of northern syria around aleppo. government forces have responded with air strikes. >>> international nuclear inspectors are hoping to get back to a place they've wanted to return to for years. a team from the international atomic energy agency has left for iran. the inspectors want to get into a military site they believe may be used to develop nuclear weapons. the inspectors have made repeated requests to visit the facility southeast of tehran. they believe iranian scientists have tested explosives at the parchin military complex as part of an effort to produ
charges. >> this came after a mass protest in the capital added to pressure by the government. >> and aid to the government has accused the military of orchestrating the protests, and the order to arrest the prime minister. this political turmoil comes just months ahead of national elections. >> instead of millions, security officials say it is more like 25,000 protesters gathered in the parliaments in islamabad. there have been isolated clashes, and there was violence as demonstrators reached the heavily fortified area around the parliament building. gunshots were heard, but it was unear if they were from protesters or police. he is so f unknown in pakistani politics and is the government step down immediately and that a caretaker government be set up to ensure that elections may reflect a truly democratic result. >> this is absolutely laughlin and democratic. we are here in front of the parliamentary house, parliament house, just to say -- save our country from collapse. and he blames the government for incompetence and corruption, and as if on cue, the country's supreme court has now o
the government might further tax a high tax payers in wales? >> government is considering their recommendation of the report and we would be reported by those very shortly. that will be the appropriate time. >> we all know that millionaires spend -- [inaudible] can he tell us dummy millionaires are in wales? >> he knows as well as i do the road, few millionaires in wales. but what i can tell him is that in every year this parliament they will be paying more tax than they did in each year of the last labour government. >> thank you, mr. speaker. but isn't the real danger that with a government changes in tax and benefits in wales, you will see in particular in the community with the vast majority of people work of those people will have less money in their pockets? they will have less money to spend in local shops? there will be more shops closing. there will be fewer people in jobs and it will be a double whammy for the welsh economy? >> if he wants to be taken seriously with having a mess about deficit reduction, he knows you cannot begin to to deficit reduction until you take a serious appro
exactly? are they in rebel-held territory? >> diabaly is a town which is in the government-controlled area, in the north. the french are surrounding the town, from what we understand, with malian forces. there have been reports that there might of been some engagement on the ground, but we cannot confirm that. we have been trying to get through to people in diabaly, but the phone lines and mobile lines have been cut off, so it is very difficult to get information on the ground. it is interesting that the french had consistently said they would only be striking from them and giving logistical support, but now it seems they are carrying out their first land offensive. the french have 800 troops here on the ground. they have said they will double have said theye will double back to 2000 forces or 2500 altogether. ansar al din is one of the armed groups who have taken over the town of diabaly with sophisticated weapons. they had been fighting in libya on behalf of qaddafi, where they got the weapons, and also taken from the malians. they are able to take ground quickly. the french will have th
in that attack. opposition activists are blaming the government. >> the first day of school exams for many students at aleppo .niversity, and then guesthis what residents of syria's largest city described as to attacks on the campus. one was near campus accommodation where as many as 30,000 people live. many of them had moved there to escape violence and other areas of aleppo. some said the blast came from rocket attacks and planned opposition fighters. >> the cowardly terrorist act that targeted students at the university of aleppo. mr. president, we have always said that the terrorist armed groups in my country take advantage of the security council meeting at perpetrated terrorist acts in syria, and this is indeed what happened today. >> opposition groups say it was military, some say an aerial attack. some said it appeared to be for missiles launched from the ground. some neighborhoods have been destroyed while other groups say they control other parts of the city. this attack has left many casualties among students. people who are trying to improve their lives, despite destruction hap
, and the algerian government. washington now where president barack obama has unveiled sweeping gun proposals, setting the stage for a real showdown with gun rights activists. he said the legislation would help end what he called an epidemic of gun violence. >> obama urged congress to acquire universal background checks on gun buyers and to restore bans on the military- style assault weapons and high- capacity magazines. he also signed 23 executive orders that will take immediate effect. the proposals were drafted by a task force led by vice president joe biden after 20 schoolchildren and six educators were slain at an elementary school in connecticut last month. >> for the latest on this, let's go live to our correspondent, standing by in washington. the president does not have the political backing he needs right now for the tough laws. what is his agenda, both in the house and in the senate? >> right. he needs to get the votes to pass in the congress. obviously. so he is trying to change the equation, trying to build up pressure on congress men and women, and the one thing they respond to
smuggling across the borders. it has triggered a series of crisis meetings in london, where the government emergency meeting has been convened three times during the day. the number of british hostages is thought to be in single digits. >> it took place in the eastern part of algeria at an oil compound with oil workers. a number of people are held hostage. this does include british nationals, and it is a dangerous situation. >> the u.s. state department confirms americans are among the hostages. >> we are monitoring the situation. we are in contact with authorities and diplomatic counterparts as well as the security office in london. >> this hostage crisis is focusing right across whitehall. what is not clear is what exactly are the kidnappers motives, because this boils down to two possibilities. is this about money? or is it about politics? the french military's actions to push back rebels linked to al qaeda has led to threats of retaliation. this could be part of the retaliation, or it could have been planned weeks ago. algeria and several other countries are faced with an unexpected ho
minister tell the house what the government is doing to keep pensioners warm in this cold weather, and will he join me in congratulating the suffolk foundation for the success, for the great success of their surviving -- [inaudible] >> what this government has done is, first of all,tive the biggest -- give the biggest increase in the state pension of five pounds, 30 last year. we've kept the cold weather payments at the high level, and we're replacing the warm front scheme, and while that helps something like 80,000 houses a year, the eco could help up to 230,000 houses a year. that is what we're doing, and it's a record we should be proud of. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister should know that the ons have recently released figures that show there were 24,000 extra cold weather deaths over the winter of 2010-2012. the majority of those who perished were over the age of 75. so, mr. speaker, can i ask the prime minister if he thinks his government should do more to help the elderly and the vulnerable and less to help millionaires with tax cuts? >> as i just said, we are
explosions. twin blasts rocked the school, killing at least 80 people. rebel forces as the government bombed the campus deliberately. from neighboring turkey, james reynolds reports. >> the university of aleppo was thought to be one of the last safe places in syria of's largest city. but two explosions changed that. these pictures were filmed just after the blasts. the side of this building was blown away. the university was home to both students and ordinary people who had taken refuge from fighting elsewhere in aleppo. the browns are in an area of grounds nt control -- brow are in an area under government control, but activists say it was the government to fired. >> this is the signal of the government. >> the government denies this. it says that the explosions were carried out by terrorists. it has been almost two years of fighting in syria. aleppo has been the scene of intense conflicts between the government and rebels. neither have been able to force the other to retreat for good. no corner of the city is safe. james reynolds, bbc news, is double. -- istanbul. >> lance armstrong has al
, i think the government could have difficulty defending a law the highest court to consider the assault weapons ban was the u.s. court of appeals for the d.c. circuit and it recently upheld a ban in d.c. the court assumed the weapons were in common use but the ban imposed no real burden on the people's ability to a firearm for self-defense. similarly, it applies to a restriction on high-capacity magazines, which we treat separately than an assault weapons ban. what a ban on the sale of high- capacity magazines, capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition be unconstitutional? i think it is a similar analysis. common use? , used for self-defense? it upheld the restriction on the sale of high-capacity magazines as well. yes, they are probably in common use. yes, there are millions and millions of these high-capacity magazines out there -- however, the court says self-defense typically does not require more than 10 rounds of ammunition. and there remains issues of fit, whether it substantially ferber's -- recent data suggest that the 1994 ban did have an impact, that th
citizens. do we really want doctors reporting to the federal government if they think somebody might have violent tendencies? do we want to discourage people that have mental health issues to see their doctor because they may be part of a national law enforcement database? how is that going to prevent any crime? you know a tiny fraction of murders occur from mentally ill people. there is no connection between reality and the president is proposing, whether it's newtown, violence on the street. what we need is criminal control. it's not a problem with mentally ill people or people that legally have arms, it's not a problem with a whole bunch of people, but this thing seems to address. here is the bigger problem. not only does he use the obamacare law to force doctors to report on their patients -- by the way, here is a question. let's say a doctor doesn't report on a patient because he doesn't think the patient is dangerous. that patient goes out and kills somebody. the family. person that was killed, that doctor a legal obligation under obama's legislation to reported it and -- says, i di
. >> reporter: tonight as millions of americans worry about the government taking away their guns, this man, alex jones, is pushing a lot of buttons. >> and i'm here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. we will not relinquish them. do you understand? >> reporter: when alex jones went on cnn's piers morgan to discuss gun control in the wake of the sandy hook massacre -- >> you're a hatchet man of the new world order. >> reporter: he created a sensation. this video went massively viral. >> you think you're a tough guy? have me back with a boxing ring in here. >> reporter: who is alex jones? >> we've got abc nightly news/"nightline" here. >> reporter: jones agreed to let us into his world for a day. >> we're just soldiers looking to cross each other on the picket line here. america has been captured. america has been robbed. we are now being looted like a third world nation. well, i'm not going to sit down and shut up. >> reporter: jones is arguably the nation's premier purveyor of what they call paranoia porn. >> i'm live in 30 seconds. >> reporter: out of hi
out there who want lots of semiautomatic firepower to fight this country's elected government. so has it become the guns over people party? republican u.s. senator rand paul of kentucky talks about the president usurping the constitution. republican texas congressman steve stockman talks about impeaching the president if he takes steps to upgrade gun safety by executive order. remember sharron angle, the nevada republican senate candidate talking openly about using second amendment remedies against public officials? people used to think she was alone out there, something of an oddity. what's becoming clear is in today's gop, she's more typical than not. ed rendell was governor of pennsylvania, michael steele was chair of the republican party. gentlemen, thank you. president obama will announce his plans for gun safety tomorrow after hearing vice president biden's task force recommendations, but already criticism is mounting on the right. here is republican senator rand paul of kentucky. >> i'm against having a king. i think having a monarch is what we fought the american revolution ov
, you would be willing to risk not raising debt ceiling, producing a partial government shut down, to make that point? >> absolutely. i would much rather bring on a controlled problem, right now that perhaps could lead to us a solution for the greater problem. if we don't do this, neil,t and and i think you know, we'll have a debt collapse at some point in the future, at a time not of our chosing, en controlled and uncontrol able and we will not be able to fix it. in order to convince this president we need to reduce entitlement spending we have to go over the new cliff, if you will, for partial government shut down, i'll take that because we will prevent a bigger less controllable problem later. neil: will you be willing to take the blame, however unfairly it might be as producing the government shut down it so republicans that we have this financial anarchy? >> i hope what people would recognize, and people would realize, is that we cannot continue with trillion dollar deficits, period. the country will go in to a debt collapse. we will have problem like greece, like spain, like
. >> i am proud to be a new yorker today. i a proud to be part of this government. not just because new york has the first bill but because new york has the best bill. this is a complex multifaceted problem. this is a comprehensive bill that addresses the full panorama and spectrum of issues that come up. >> woodruff: other leaders, including new york city mayor michael bloomberg, have joined the call for action this week at a summit on gun violence in baltimore. >> the rate of firearms homicide in america is 20 times higher than it is in other economically advanced nations. we have got to change that. and it has to start this week. with real leadership from the white house. >> woodruff: maryland and delaware are also weighing new laws, as two new polls show national support for more gun control. the pew research center found a majority favors banning assault weapons and tracking gun sales. and a "washington post"/abc news survey out today fod more tan half ofamericans support a ban on assault weapons while nearly two-thirds would ban high capacity magazines. 55% say they are for placin
government to compensate for the fraud he allegedly committed against the u.s. postal service. the postal service paid more than $30 million to sponsor armstrong's cycling team from 1999 to 2004. their contract banned doping. we also understand armstrong offered to be a cooperating witness in a federal investigation. but our sources say that the department of justice has turned down both of armstrong's offers as inadequate. this is just the latest development as armstrong's career comes crashing down around him. he won the tour de france, sport's most grueling event, seven times. but late last year, the united states anti-doping agency produced evidence that the u.s. postal team ran what it called "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program the sport has ever seen." armstrong sat down for an interview with oprah winfrey which will air on thursday, but today, winfrey spoke to charlie rose on "cbs this morning." >> did he confess? did he come clean in the manner that you expected? >> i would say he did not come clean in the manner that i expected. it was surprisi
of u.s.- made products in the next 10 years. the government of japan joins the u.s. government in investigating boeing's 787 dreamliner. the probe is to uncover what caused two fuel leaks on two different dreamliners operated by japan airlines. japan's transport ministry said they opened the investigation because the two fuel leaks "occurred in succession." the faa says 787s are safe, but is conducting a comprehensive review to ensure no flaws are present. an end-of-the-year surge of consumer buying gave a lift to retail sales in december. retail sales rose .5%, which was higher than economists predicted and slightly better than the .4% rise in november. much of consumer spending came from people buying cars and trucks. overall last year, car companies had the best year since 2007. nissan's leaf will soon go for less. the automaker said this week that the new model of its battery-powered leaf will cost $6 thousand less than previous models. that cuts the price to around $28,800. nissan hopes the cost cutting will increase sales by around 20%. cadillac is giving drivers a chance
are among the detainees. irish government confirms one of its citizens is also being held captive. a spokesperson for jgc corporation says the nationals worked for their operations in algeria. the company is building three natural gas plants there a representative at a local jgc office told nhk he received a phone call from an employee stationed at a site about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, algiers. he said the employee told him that gunshots had been heard in the distance over a period of about 20 minutes. the representative then said he lost contact with the employee. algerian news agency dna has reported that an armed group attacked a boarding house for staff working at an oil-related facility about 1500 kilometers south of algiers. it says the militants are holding the captives on site and are warning they will blow up the facility if authorities try to step in. the agency also reports that a gun fight erupted with algerian forces and that there are reports of casualties. the algeria press service says two people died in the violence and six were injured, including tw
certain that the citizenry is never so we prefer the government that they cemented tierney. i'm sure you would acknowledge that as well. >> the second amendment is not absolute. you cannot have provisions of issues of how you manage. >> before we go drifting along with judge school yet and one of his journeys, let's return to what i asked you. you do a knowledge, do you not, that one of the reasons for the right to bear arms is to resist the temptation of government to ever be too radical? >> i find that absurd. i don't think our enemy is indefinite. lou: did i say that the enemy was our government? did i not say that part of the second amendment -- the reason it exists is to prevent government from ever being tempted to establish tyranny over our citizens? >> that's what he said. >> that is one of the reasons you're going to see energetic vigilance and perhaps opposition to the efforts of this white house. thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> thanks. lou: much more had on the gun-control plans coming up later with the "a-team." stay with us. president obama is adamant. of
! and then more injustice from our government unfortunately. now we've got a case of a man who's doing something perfectly legal in california, and what's the government going to do? send him to prison for 10 years. >> they came in there basically took all our stuff seized everything. >> public records show corporate paperwork goes to matthew davies, the property manager in stockton. >> cenk: that guy looks really dangerous. take a look at him with his family. a businessman doing something perfectly legal in california, so here comes it is obama justice department to try to put him in jail. there's something deeply wrong with our government. those are the guys in government. the guys out of government are about to cash in as serious money as mobbyists. i'll tell but that, too. it's go time. >> cenk: all right, look at the white house. that's where some new gun control proposals are coming out right now. there's news all over the place on gun control not just washington but also new york. governor cuomo passed the toughest gun laws in the country, it's going to get passed probably on tuesday. her
: irresponsible thing to do . brad, to you. i am -- i went back and looked at the last time the government was not paying its bills. twenty-six days back in fiscal year 1996. clinton was president, and the only really bad thing that happened is that we furloughed a lot of what is called nonessential workers from washington. what is the ultimate impact if republicans don't agree to go along with the president and raise the debt ceiling? >> the ultimate impact is the president will have to make some tough choices, but this is a guy who says, do as i say, not as i have done and you correctly point out he voted against raising the debt ceiling. suddenly the table has turned. if he was smart he would be more conciliatory to republicans instead of on-duty challenging them. gerri: far from it. the president says the responsible thing to do. making a like the republicans still want to do anything responsible for are not concerned about the nation's debt. what would be the consequences of letting the debt ceiling just -- not paying any attention to it? would it be hazardous? is this going to be som
a system in its entirety. but look at ways to control health care costs to get in control of government programs and medicare that we have to go back and do this every couple years. we have to study what works and put more policies that are working in place. we have to do with other entitlement. social security farm is a contentious issue in this country. it's always a tough battle, but the longer we wait to make changes, the more difficult for the people who depend on these programs. we have to go for the tax reform, which is great when you talk about a bradley because the tax cut is a disaster. when you talk about the ability to broaden the base, lower the rates increase revenues, that's a pretty good system. it's pretty desirable to think how to reform the tax code. but when you start talking about specifics for the home mortgage deduction for state and local taxation, because my difficult. so we don't easiest pieces. you don't have to type a single specific policy. tax in 1% is pretty darn easy, even if your the 1%. this guy takes more to fix the problem. now we have the hardest par
that govern guns and ammo with executive orders. but this weekend republican senator lindsay graham says an executive order like that would have bipartisan opposition in the congress. one of the gop officers in the senate explained why. >> he said a day or two ago he didn't think the senate would be voting on the gun legislation. that doesn't mean the president has the right to go beyond the constitution. >> this morning's announcement who wrote letters about concerns. it was 33 days ago. >> peter doocy reporting for us live this morning. >> this gun debate is a big talker this morning as well. last night on "hannity" things got very heated during a debate over the new york state gun law that just passed yesterday. >> hannity going head to head about democratic state senator over the state's new regulation. >> you tell me how this law makes it safer for a stay at home mom or maybe a woman who lives at home after a divorce because of a restraining order how does that make them safer? >> it makes it harder with the person with the restraining order against them to do damage to this woman.
repairs on the national on the association's hand that governs the national mall so that is a virtual cross when we come to it but there's a number of civic minded things we will be able to do if we are lucky enough to have access funds when it said and done. >> whoever can address this how many law enforcement agencies and officers will be involved in the security on the date of the inauguration and also how large an area will be closed off with street closures? >> for stila to apologize for saying it was morning when i was actually afternoon. but to answer your question we cannot go into detail as far as how many law enforcement officers will be present for the inauguration. can you repeat the second question for me? >> [inaudible] >> i can't go into detail unfortunately. >> -- area closed off. >> we have road closures and effectively to talk with you after words to provide you with those. >> [inaudible] >> with all events that happened on the capitol complex, we train constantly to address them. as far as specific threats, i can't answer that right now. but just know myself -- boug
of the individual and the power of the state. at the time that you're talking about in 1787, the government had muskets and individuals had muskets, there was a very close correlation between the power to use violence on both sides. the other thing that you have to take into account, this is something i haven't heard in this debate, and that is if you look basically to the middle of the 19th century, 1862, the winchester henry rifle, report on that rifle that i just cited in a recent paper showed that it fired 15 rounds in less than ten seconds. the fact of the matter is that repeating technology is 150 years old. and one of the worries here, i think, for people who are on the other side of this is that when we go through this bad gun analysis that there's not really a solid boundary between the current category of assault weapons, parcularly rifles, and any other gun that is out there. >> why ban machine guns then? >> machine guns were banned in 1934 as a result of the national firearms act. >> why not ban the ar-15? >> i think you can make a coherent distinks between semi-automatic firing and
22 people died. the opposition said it was 24-- most of them, government troops. the attacks came a day after two large explosions killed 87 people at the main university in aleppo. classes were suspended today. iraq witnessed its own string of bombings that killed at least 33 people. the city of kirkuk suffered the worst attack when a car bomber blew himself up outside the offices of a major kurdish party. 21 people were killed in that bombing and another nearby, and nearly 200 were wounded. a u.s. marine pleaded guilty today to urinating on the remains of dead taliban fighters in afghanistan. staff sergeant edward deptola submitted his plea at camp lejeune, north carolina. images of the incident surfaced last year, sparking an international furor and outrage in afghanistan. another marine pleaded guilty to similar charges last month. three others were given administrative punishment. the two biggest airlines in japan grounded all of their brand new boeing 787 dreamliners today. the move came after one of the planes had to make an emergency landing in western japan. the crew repo
, a role for the federal government to play. as congress over the years whether it has been katrina ike, andrew, we have come together in a bipartisan way to pass the appropriations that would provide relief to these families. it's unconscionable to me that people in the northeast new york new jersey, connecticut are being held hostage when all of us participated in what we believed was the right thing to do to help families in great need, to be able to meet the challenges and rebuild their lives. that's all we're asking for tonight. >> jennifer: and you have some confidentconfidence that is will pass. >> i'm optimistic that it will pass. >> jennifer: representative rosa delauro, thank you for fighting for the people of connecticut fighting for the people, families and parents who see that their children aren't safe. thank you for standing up, and thank you for coming inside "the war room." >> thank you. >> jennifer: well, in the 32 days since the sandy hook shooting there now have been at least 917 deaths in america due to guns. that is a rough tally from slate magazine. sadly that lis
in government today. marcia mcnutt has worked with me for many, many occasions, most notably during the oil spill. you're looking at one of the fine leaders that worked with the government to make decisions matter and make the difficult decisions. i'm proud to work with her during the oil spill and i'm proud to introduce her now. marcia? >> thank you. the gulf coast is under threats and in particular, i want to speak of those that impact life and property. it is a deadly combination of loss of natural protection, rising seas from global warming, increasing intensity and number of storms, and more people and critical infrastructure that lies in the coastal zone in the path of those storms. there's no doubt but the coastal zone is a desirable but it is a dangerous place to live and it is getting more dangerous all the time. so what is the solution? well, the good news is that research can help. let me provide you with an analogy. we know that fault zones are dangerous places to live but thanks to science we have increased more than two orders of nag any attitude the safety of living in earthq
get government to work and get good things to happen. you can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense. and you can make this state a safer state. >> the national rifle association responded late today to new york's actions. they put out a statement saying naturally that they are outraged by what new york has done. it should also be noted that the nra is frequently outraged. but other states are looking to join new york. maryland governor martin o'malley, colorado governor john hickenlooper, connecticut governor dan malloy, illinois governor jack markell have all announced in the past few days announced ambitious legislative proposals on gun reform in their own states. and of course federally, tomorrow ahead of schedule, president obama is set to unveil his own set of proposals in response to the newtown school shooting. the white house releasing this picture today of vice president biden, presenting his findings to the president and other cabinet members in a gun policy meeting. >> i can tell you that tomorrow the president and v
. tonko: people have said that there is a need for government, they want effective government, efficient government. well, i think when we look at some of the data that are collected, representative garamendi, it is important for us to acknowledge that as we rebuild in our areas that have been damaged by mother nature, you don't just replace, you need to improve upon the situation. for instance, if there are data that are telling us that more and more water volume is expected in certain watershed areas, as in my district, it would be foolish to spend tax dollars, the hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and simply replace an infrastructure, a bridge, at the same height, at the same span if in fact we know that the water and the force of that water is growing with time. and so these are the ways to, i think, incorporate the soundness of academics and analyses that go into how we respond to this. and if much of it is driven by climate change, global warming, some of the impacts of mother nature that are causing these disruptive scenarios, then ought we not look at sound policy that then stretches
defamed he brought a whistle blowing suit the government will or will not join in by thursday. that's their deadline to decide whether or not to join him. if floyd landis and the government wins this whistle blowing case he could be looking at $100 million in losses because they are treble damages. >> >> bill: explain the case to me. >> floyd landis said wait a second, you were on this team, you were using these drugs along with me. and you defrauded the government. the oust postal service. >> did landis get caught using them i don't believe. >> he was you. i didn't realize that he was a team of armstrong's. he then came clean, said i did it. armstrong did it armstrong called him a liar, i would assume, right? >> defamed him publicly and there is allegations that he continued to threaten and do the same thing with other people that tried to expose him that he pressured a number of these teammates to blood transfusions to take performance the result is the seven tour de france. >> bill: landis is suing for what though. >> under the whistle blower statute pay back 35 million and trebl
as some republicans in washington argue for a narrow definition of what it means for the government to default. skipping payments on government bonds would be a default they say. but skipping payments for other government services wouldn't be. this debate could have real consequences, as darren gersh explains. >> reporter: next month, the u.s. government will owe $38 billion in interest payments on the debt it's sold to investors here and overseas. but the u.s. government will take in about $210 billion in tax revenues in february. a vocal minority in washington now argues those figures show it is possible for the u.s. government to avoid defaulting on its debts even if the debt ceiling is not raised. >> and there is no reason for the government to default unless president obama and the democrats want us to. it's just a scare tactic to continue the spending that they don't want to address. that's why they keep saying, "oh, we're going to default. we're going to default. we're going to default." it's just not true. >> reporter: but talk like that scares many budget analysts in washin
they are afraid they will spy on them and report information back to the federal government. host: let's go back to what you said at the beginning when you talk about the politics of this. this headline -- that was in reference to what harry reid had said. some democrats backing down from an assault weapons ban. dianne feinstein but to introduce her assault weapons ban in the 113th congress. chris in washington, independence. -- independent. caller: i'm against any more legislation on guns. it's nonsense. we are back to demonizing inanimate objects. if we want to get rid of things that are deadly, ban the automobile. this is nonsense. brady.ed this with a g it did not work. it did not lower crime. that's not the issue. host: what is the issue and where do you see compromise? caller: i don't see compromise. why should this even be an issue? it is a media-driven emergency. other than that, there is none. host: the new york times front page story -- we will go next to dennis in upper marlboro, maryland, democratic caller. caller: good morning. thank you for the opportunity, first of all. the gentle
of these lawsuits? >> he will pay back some. he will settle. the government settles these sort of cases. let's say he loses 50 million bucks, he still has a fair amount. he's not going to starve. more importantly, he will have his narrative back, his life as a competitive athlete back. the question is, is he going to apologize to the people he hurt along the way? we talk about this as if he's the only part of the story. in fact, he's not. the story is much bigger than just him. >> he has great pr. but, as you and i talked about before, juliette, he was a jerk to an awful lot of people. i mean, he sought to destroy people who would testify against him, who had spoken the truth. >> i think jerk is an understatement. i think a lot of those people are devastated right now. and i don't really know what to think when he's calling some of these people up to apologize. i actually spoke to a few people he has reached out to and they're like dumbfounded. they don't know whether to believe him or not. >> did you see him threaten people, reporters who reported things that he felt were inappropriate? >> well,
of 320 million where 50% of the households have someone receiving some government assistance. >> many of them are reference veterans. many of them have paid into the system. social security. >> bill: colmes, it doesn't matter who they are, the nanny state provides some of the provisions are absolutely necessary and some are optional. whether you have more than half of the homes now dependent on the state for their largess you have a nanny state. >> you have to break it down entitlements paying into. >> benefits for serving. >> do you see anyone on the horizon in the traditional realm that can become a leader and galvanize traditional forces in this country? anyone? >> i think there are young conservative leaders like marco unionio. >> he will be on tomorrow night on the program. >> scott walker in wisconsin who are willing not just to talk about conservative economic principles but traditional values. >> take for them to rise. because the media will try to put them down. >> of course, they have already tried to destroy marco ruinio. what you showed in europe was very interesting. espe
of the choice that was made to put in combined sewer systems. narrator: in 1994, the government adopted a combined sewer overflow policy to reduce csos nationwide. cities with combined sewer overflows now face an enforcement action called a consent decree. under a consent decree, a city must reduce pollution levels significantly within a strict time frame or face heavy fines. in 1960, the combined sewer overflows were a perfectly legitimate way of dealing with sewers. woman: the mind set was that, what did it matter if we were sending our waste downstream? water was a good conveyance for pollution. man: sewer systems are installed to reduce public health problems. now what you're doing is transferring the problem, you're transferring it to downstream cities. in addition, cities and towns above pittsburgh were doing the same thing. and then they were affecting the water intakes of pittsburgh. 90% of this region gets its drinking water from those same rivers that we have overflows occurring. hecht: we have sewage overflow with as little as 1/10" inch of rain. and our average storm here is
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